Matt Besler is in the currently riding the crest of a wave that has seen him get the most exposure of his life, and it seems like things are only about step up a gear or two in the upcoming weeks.
The defender - who starred for the United States at the World Cup this summer - is weighing up serious transfer offers from a Premier League and Bundesliga side respectively. According to Besler's agent, a move could happen as quickly as in the next few days.
Major Pay Rise
Not bad for a player that is earning a meagre $200,000 dollars a year thanks to Major League Soccer's restrictive Salary Cap. That means that despite being a rock at the heart of the Stars and Stripes defence getting through the Group of Death, Besler is somehow only the 32nd highest paid defender in the league.
And wherever he moves that salary will certainly be increasing massively. The average wage packet of a player in the Premier League currently stands at £2million pounds a year, or £40,000 a week. Not bad for a player who's only been playing professional football for 5 years after being drafted in 2009 out of the University of Notre Dame.
Besler's profile is definitely on the reason following his standout performances in Brazil. He spent Thursday making national media stops at ESPN and has appearances booked with “Good Morning America” and “Morning Joe,” among others, on Friday.
“We’ll try to do everything we can to retain our guys, particularly guys like (Besler and Zusi) that are so core to our team,” Sporting KC CEO Robb Heineman said. “But sometimes guys are going to have aspirations to do different things. If that’s the case, we try to do something that’s mutually beneficial to both the player and the club.”
Could he Stay?
If Besler does leave Kansas City, then he does a hero. Besler is club captain and lead the side to MLS Cup champions last season, for the first time in 13 years. But he could still stay at the club?
Sporting have one Designated Player spot available to them. A DP player does not count against the Salary Cap and can be paid as much as his side want to. The league's current stars like Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe are on deals all over $3million dollars a year, and if Heineman wants to get his chequebook out then Besler could stay in North America.
What ever happens, Matt Besler is about to get a lot richer. And we just hope he's earning that money while appearing on Match of The Day.